Scottish Premiership: Hearts to close section of Tynecastle following fan trouble in Edinburgh derby


Scottish Premiership: Hearts to close section of Tynecastle following fan trouble in Edinburgh derby

Hearts are to close a section of Tynecastle after last weekend’s disorder at the Edinburgh derby.

Following a series of incidents during the 2-1 win for Hibernian, a 19-year-old has been charged in connection with a hate crime and a 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the use of racist language.

Another 19-year-old was arrested over a flare being thrown and a 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with a coin being thrown.

A section of Tynecastle stadium is set to be closed off following the trouble in the Edinburgh derby last week

In a lengthy statement released on the club’s website, chairwoman Ann Budge stated that a part of the Wheatfield Stand would be closed for the final two home games of the season with around 200 supporters moved elsewhere in the ground.

The statement read: “At Tynecastle, we have worked hard over the last few seasons to strengthen our security processes and practices, and we continue to do so.

“Nonetheless, during the course of last Saturday’s derby against Hibernian, no less than seven pyrotechnics were discharged / thrown onto the pitch…four from the Hearts area and three from the Hibs stand.

“In addition, there were instances of coins being thrown, cups, some containing hot drinks, being thrown and even a coconut being thrown onto the pitch.